Geoid definition

jēoid
The hypothetical surface of the earth that coincides everywhere with mean sea level.
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The hypothetical surface of the Earth that coincides everywhere with mean sea level and is perpendicular, at every point, to the direction of gravity. The geoid is used as a reference surface for astronomical measurements and for the accurate measurement of elevations on the Earth's surface.
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In geodesy, the earth viewed as a hypothetical ellipsoid with the surface represented as a mean sea level.
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A surface of constant gravitational potential at zero elevation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
geoid
Plural:
geoids

Origin of geoid

  • German from Greek geoeidēs earthlike earth -oeidēs -oid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition